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From songs, sermons and practices, this article examines the way Ghanaian Pentecostals address the question of evil and suffering. It approaches this from the perspective of common believers and leadership. The discussions reveal that there are multiple understandings, perceptions and interpretative tensions concerning how to cope with evil among Ghanaian Pentecostals. Whereas common believers approach it through what Opoku Onyinah calls ‘witchdemonology’, leadership considers this as inadequate. This is because common believers fail to understand the role of evil and suffering in human existence. As such they tend to promote the devil far above the Almighty God. According to leadership the presence of evil may not necessarily contradict God’s goodness and purpose. The paper concludes with some Biblical propositions in an attempt to resolve the apparent tension.

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See Johnson Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu‘ “On the ‘Mountain’ of the Lord”: Healing Pilgrimages in Ghanaian Christianity’Exchange 36/1 (2007) 68.

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Onyinah‘Akan Witchcraft’301-317; also in Spiritual Warfare: A Fresh Insight into the Nature of the Warfare Identification of Strongholds and Exposition on the Weapons Accra: Advocate Publishing Ltd 2008.

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J.S. Gyimah‘Demonstration of Power in the Church of Pentecost: Past and Present’Tell the Next Generation: Lecture Notes on the Annual Themes of The Church of Pentecost Vol. TwoAccra: National Literature Committee The Church of Pentecost 2008 100-110.

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F.E. Antwi‘Flowing in Miracles, Healings, Signs and Wonders’ Tell the Next Generation: Lecture Notes on the Annual Themes of The Church of Pentecost Vol. TwoAccra: National Literature Committee The Church of Pentecost 2008 111-116.

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Onyinah‘Akan Witchcraft’353.

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Onyinah‘Akan Witchcraft’355.

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Onyinah‘Akan Witchcraft’355.

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